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Event: Buxton Adventure Festival

August 8, 2014

The third Buxton Adventure Festival – supported by the University of Derby and Rab Outdoor Gear – takes place on Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th October at the Pavilion Arts Centre, part of Buxton Opera House in the heart of the Peak District, alongside the Great Peak District Fair and Buxton Beer Festival.


This year’s speakers include Emma O’Reilly – Lance Armstrong’s personal masseur who blew the whistle on the 7 times Tour de France winner; top climbers Tim Emmett and Shauna Coxsey; record-breaking fell runner Steve Birkinshaw; and Paralympic Silver Medalist and ground-breaking adventurer Karen Darke (pictured above).

In addition to speaker sessions the festival will be screening the brand new Brit Rock Tour featuring top British adventure sports films, and hosting a special Cyclists Question Time including British Cycling/Team Sky’s physiotherapist Phil Burt, nutritionist Nigel Mitchell and top performance coach Andrew Gillott.

Other highlights include a photography talk and workshop with Peak District pro Lukasz Warzecha and the Beeline Britain team on the first ever straight line journey from Lands End to John O’Groats (you can read about Beeline on Sportsister here).


The weekend kicks off with a Young Adventurers triple bill including Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show; the Meek Family talking about their year of 100 outdoor adventures plus family-friendly films.  There’s also the Adventure Bites film loop running all weekend in the Studio Theatre.

There will also be free, family-friendly activities with the YHA and Derbyshire Village Games and High Peak Tri Club are running a children’s Aquathlon in Buxton Pool and Pavilion Gardens.

In association with BAF, the University of Derby will be running an Open Day for prospective students in the Devonshire Dome with free adventure activities open to the public including a Dry Tooling climbing competition; Slack-lining; 20m free-hanging ladder climb to the Dome roof; and an alpine skills workshop.

More info: www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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